The texts – translations of Native American words – I chose to tell a story of the Native American woman – a story that she might tell to her child while she rocked the child to sleep. It is a story that I feel can be universally understood, but points to the strength of not only the Native American woman, but to the strength of all women to persevere, to raise children and to keep community strong against all odds. It is a “love song” in that it goes beyond just romantic love, but tells of love for a child and love of the land.
Love Songs for soprano and oboe was premiered at Ball State University by Aryn Day Sweeney-oboe and Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn-soprano in March 2014.
Below is a recording of the premiere of Love Songs for soprano and oboe (sheet music) with Aryn and Yoko, and a video of a performance with Jennet Engle – oboe.